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A Rant on Aishwarya Rai Bacchhan August 11, 2009

Aishwarya Rai had a pretty face. And once upon a time she had an attitude to go with it. Remember the (Lehar) Pepsi ad with Aamir Khan?


Then she won Miss World. And we Indians were doomed forever. We had to watch her wear one atrocity after another.

The lady has spent over two decades in the film and fashion industries. And yet she has no sense of style or dressing! Every year she goes to spoil what little image there is of India at the Cannes. And this year too. Though of course, one can say she has improved over the years but if this is her pace of improvement, she will have to wait till she’s 100 to catch upto the international ladies.

Aishwarya Rai Bacchhan in Cannes

Aishwarya Rai Bacchhan in Cannes 09

After so much money, effort, time, how can someone look like that? And this is her ‘best photo’. Why oh why does she wear these shoulderless things? Why oh dear god why does she not have a fashion stylist after so many years in the film/ fashion business? Why dear lord, do we all have to promote her as ‘Indian Face’ to the world across?! No wonder Freida Pinto was such a hit. Anyone after seeing this woman year after year as ‘India’s face to the World’ would think Indians are hopeless. Freida gave them a glimmer of hope. And she was loved. Did you notice the sagging flesh under the arms? The plastic face and the .. *sighs*

No wonder Aishwarya did not want Sonam Kapoor to go to Cannes. After innumerable years she does not have the confidence to allow another woman of lesser experience and certainly no international name and fame to walk after her. And then, Sonam has effortless style and elegance.

Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor

Sigh. And yet in India she is still fawned over. I have never understood her dress sense. From the days of Jeans (oops was it Genes?) to Jodha Akhbar. There are ladies who can carry off bling and lots of jewellery. She, IMHO, is not one of them.

But someone, anyone, keep her hands off those dresses. I can predict her choice of clothes:

1. A Gown, preferably with a trail. Not a short dress.

2. Off-shouldered, sweetheart style, never sleeves.

3. Lots of lace, layers, net, if possible starting from below her hips. And sparkle if possible.

4. Colour: White or fluoroscent Pink or virulent green. Nowadays even black is not safe. But thats better.



The clutches she carries are no better. In fact, she is the prime example of how money cant buy you style.

But at least, she wears decent shoes. Not the best, but decent. And she does not fall in 5-6 inch heels. Unlike her newer counterparts in Bollywood. Thats the most positive I can say for the lady – she can wear high heels and match the colours to her outfits, and walk comfortably in them.

That, however, does not make any difference to her Net Score. Shes still a FAIL.

(I have used all her so-called ‘good’ photographs in this post.)

This post was written by me ages ago when the media deluge on Mrs ARB was just too much to bear. However, my opinion on her clothing remains unchanged – media glare or not!

[As mentioned, the views expressed here are my own personal opinions, and though I encourage comments, please bear in mind that my approving them has nothing to do with my approving your thoughts or actions.  If I find something particularly distasteful, I will remove it when I am able to.]


White Shoes – Europe and India

There is something about summer that makes all the men and women in Europe take out White. In every possible form – shirts, pants, handbags… to shoes!

White Pants, White Shoes

White Pants, White Shoes

White shoes are rampant all over the continent. Sports shoes are white, casual shoes are white, flip flops are white. Not only are shoes white, the trousers are white too, men and women.

Of course, its refreshing to see white in the blazing sun, especially when you are out on vacation. However, as someone who lives in India, white is not exactly associated with the best.

In India, it is indeed rare to see someone sport white shoes. In fact, it is rare enough to see someone wear white trousers, let alone shoes. Many women do wear white trousers, but very few men do. Even when the women here wear white trousers, they are rather careful about the type of trousers worn – because its quite a fashion dare.

As forwearing pure white on their feet – well, Ive heard flak about wearing my white patent mocassin-like shoes – because it dint match with the outfit.

In India white shoes are a definite no-no, unless they are really high class, with matching clothes (as in same colour!). However, not with white trousers. Quite a quandry eh? Wait, theres more to the likings for white in India.

Man in White

Man in White

However, jutis with white base and white sequins are quite acceptable, perhaps because many traditional Indian outfits have white bottoms. The churidars, salwars and even saris are white quite often.  However, even then the white is subtle, and underplayed. White churidars are usually cream, and when men wear ure white, it is usually with a white kurta. Traditionally though, white clothes have also been paired with black or tan shoes, at least for men. However, the trends seem to be subtly but definitely shifting.

Woman in Traditional and White

Woman in Traditional and White

Indian Sandals when white are stringy, underplaying the white quotient. It is however interesting to note that though white in western outfits are frowned upon by the middle class, it is rampant in the lower and upper classes. The upper classes wear really chic clothes, so its rare that they would wear something bad. Though even then, it is stared at if not worn properly. The lower, of course, just imitate passe actors like Jitender, or ‘jumping jack’ as he is called.

As for me, I have my pair of white shoes, which I wear with abandon. For wearing white shoes is all about confidence, in what you wear, and your look. And yes, stay away from white shoes in the monsoons. Mud splattered shoes are not really the best best 😉

As for my trip in Europe. I, of course ravaged a few shoe stores, and had my pick of shoes. Here is the beautiful white pair I tried on in Florence. And for my Indian readers- see? They look fabulous even with rolled up blue jeans! So go ahead, get yourself a pair of white shoes for your western wear, and have fun!

White shoes and Blue Jeans

My feet in White shoes and Blue Jeans

From all angles

From all angles